Big Rock Warthog Ale | Big Rock Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada
bigrockbeer.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malty with a hint of toffee balanced with very evident hop and followed by a clean finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.12
pDev:
16.35%
 
 
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Photo of bryanzk
4.14/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derdtheterd
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Skaterdude97
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look - 2.75 | amber color, carbonation bubbles forming on glass, almost no head

Smell - 2.75| biscuit, bread, caramel, orange

Taste - 3 | biscuit, bread, caramel, grapefruit, bread dominates the long finnish

Feel - 2 | light body with low carbonation.

Overall - 3

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.34/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Exeter
3.17/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MilkLeg
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. 6 oz taster sample on tap enjoyed at Rib Eye Jack's in Burlington.

Appearance - Clear amber color with minimal head and lacing. A little visible carbonation in the glass.

Smell - Mild dark fruit aroma with some malt presence in behind.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, although subdued significantly, the mild fruit aspect is ramped up a bit. but overall the taste is more subdued than the nose. A bit thin.

Mouthfeel - Soft body with just enough carbonation, a little on thin side.

Overall - An agreeable enough English ale that could be enjoyed in many pints over the course of the afternoon.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light brown pour, beige head, 1/2" thin. Aroma was not much, toffee malt.

Easy drinking, stronger/better than Newcastle kind of brown ale. Smooth. Malt forward. Not sweet, 4/10 carbonation level. Average stuff.

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Photo of sherpahigh
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of staubot
3.59/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear Dark amber in colour with a one finger head that dissipates quickly and small lacing.

Sweet smell with a flora perfume.

Taste does not quite meet up with the smell here with a more caramel malt taste but lacks a lot of uniqueness

Crisp and slightly chewy. Smooth but leaves you with nothing there in the aftertaste to remember it by.

Overall considering its has room for improvement and seems to get a tough rep I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not much head. Nose is amaretto and a hint of caramel. Too crisp for an English Ale.

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Photo of Slongie
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigAl18
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sathanas
2.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Jimbob-Aloobob
3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant surprise. Very tasty.

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Photo of Burgz
3.49/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Warthog is, well, just OK. It's not much different that many other Big Rock beers - Honey Brown and CoOp Classic Ale come to mind. I don't mind picking up a big can of this when the alternatives are Canadian or Bud, but it's not much of a step above the average macro-brewed beer. The flavor includes some caramel and cherry tobacco notes, but I find it has a thin flavor profile. Overall, it's a pretty "meh" brew that sells for a "yeh" price. I'll take a lower priced alternative any day.

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3.2/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Olek4374
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%

Sad day in the Canadian craft beer world, as Big Rock founder Ed McNally passed away today. His work was paramount in completely transforming the beer industry in the nation. Although the big boys like Labbatt and Molson are still big players, craft beer is more popular than ever; McNally's work was paramount in this regard, as Big Rock was one of the most widely available early craft breweries in Canada.

Today, it seems Big Rock works on nostalgia quite a bit. Many of their beers are rather plain in comparison to other, newer breweries. They're not that bad, they're just... ordinary. Nevertheless, to honour one of Canada's craft beer pioneers, I'll sample one of Big Rock's more long-running brews: the Warthog Ale.

It comes in a nice can that was recently redesigned. It depicts a warthog on a stylised British flag. The beer itself is a great orange colour with a nice head that is about 2cm, although it dissipates rather quickly. The smell is okay - really malty but not very deep. The taste of the beer itself is plain. It has some malty and hoppy notes, but it lacks anything further. The body is also quite modest, really more like a lager. That said, it's really easy drinking with no unpleasant aftertaste.

Big Rock beers are like your old Nintendo Entertainment System. At the time, it was revolutionary and one of the greatest things around. Today, it's still all right to break out once in a while, although there are bigger and better things. Much like in the world of video games though, Big Rock was a pioneer; craft beer would not be what it was today if not for Big Rock and the work of Ed McNally. Cheers.

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Photo of marcusR111
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of DarrenBrule
4.5/5  rDev +44.2%

Photo of maclean25
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Anyportinastorm
4.5/5  rDev +44.2%

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Big Rock Warthog Ale from Big Rock Brewery
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